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TSTV: See its owner and partners

Oct 04, 2017
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TSTV: See its owner and partners

ABS, Telcom Satellite limited are TSTV partners
So by now it is assumed that everyone already knows about the latest Pay TV platform in town, Telcom Satellites TV (TSTV).

If you don’t, then its high time, you did.

Having done that, we also need to know about ABS. ABS, short for Asia Broadcast Satellite, is a communication satellites operator, based in Bermuda, and owned by Permira, which is a European private equity firm with services that include satellite-to-home and satellite-to-cable TV distribution, cellular services, and internet services.

It has in the past established telecommunications network in Africa, Russia, Asia and the Middle East, having a service network that currently covers 80% of the population in the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and Commonwealth of Independent States.

ABS and Telcom Satellites TV (TSTV) recently signed a multi-transponder agreement to deliver a Direct-to-Home (DTH) Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcast service into Nigeria on ABS’ -3A satellite, Africa beam which is located at the prime video neighborhood of 3°W.

Its journey began in the year 2006, with the successful acquisition of the Lockheed Martin Intersputnik-1 (LMI-1) satellite by ABS which was promptly renamed ABS-1 satellite.

Then in the year 2010, Permira, along with the ABS management team acquired ABS from Citi Venture Capital International and Asia Debt Management.

Here in Nigeria, ABS is in business under the name TSTV, but operates under the company name TELCOM SATELLITES LIMITED, as TELCOM SATELLITES is registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Laws of Nigeria.

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TSTV sure knows the terrain and is definitely here to stay, going by the statement of its C.E.O, Bright Echefu

“We’ve successfully ran African Health Television for more than 5 years without hitches. We have no doubts whatsoever that TSTV would offer an excellent and affordable digital satellite television services to Nigerians.”

Dr. Bright Echefu

But wait, did i hear Bright Echefu?, who is this guy, to think he is Nigerian? Does he have what it takes to stay in the industry, in the face of strong competitors like DSTV, StarTimes?

First, Bright Echefu is a Nigerian, from Obowo in Imo state.
He is the MD/CEO of Bricke and Athens limited owners of AHTV-Heath Television, who have brought Telcom Satellites TV (TSTV).

He had been in that position from November 2014 till date. This means he already ha 2 years 11 months of work experience.

He also attended the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka,before leaving to pursue further studies abroad.

He is the chairman of Briechberg Investment Limited,owners of Bright FM.

He is also on the board of Bright joy Multiventures limited.

He got skills that include Strategic Planning Research, Nonprofits Public Speaking, Program Management, Fundraising Program Development.

and the best of all,

He is newly married.

Below are the 6 things you should know about TSTV before making purchases;

1. The N5000 for initial purchase includes a decoder, a dish and a remote control but excludes any installation service charge.

2. Pay AS You Go pause service i.e. the ability to pause your subscription when not in use would be available to those that would go for the maximum subscription which is the monthly N3,000 package and you would only be able to pause subscription not more than 7 days, thereby allowing you 37 days at most for your monthly subscription. So don’t expect to use your 1 month subscription from January to December in the name of pausing or expect to user 1 day N200 subscription for 1 month.

3. The first time you buy the decoder is the only time you would be able to enjoy up to 20GB of data as bonus, for subsequent full monthly subscription comes with 10GB of data and not 20GB as some of you might be thinking.

4. TSTV has incorporated its subscription service payments into Quickteller the popular E-payment service in the country and just like DSTV, you would also be able to easily pay for your subscriptions through Quickteller.

5. You would be able to buy extra 1GB data or above from TSTV at the cost of N300 for 1GB

6. TSTV data allocation has nothing to do with watching of TVST channels but just a separate and additional offer to the entire TSTV concept or better still what you commonly regard as Value Added Service (VAS)


Finally, TSTV having launched, its decoder would be available from next week.

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